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Erroneous data? not a spreadsheet kind of guy (part I)

By JohnnyZ on April 22, 2013//Leave a comment

My mind doesn’t think in terms of little boxes and straight lines.  I have an open-ended, curvy type brain.  It is a good thing that I have Excel fans on my team, I just don’t happen to be one of them.  I think I get more than a little guff about this; the sorting, classifying…

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Straaaaaange cases: the spaghetti sauce bank robber

By JohnnyZ on April 19, 2013//Leave a comment

It was no bomb — just two cans of spaghetti sauce. But police in the Detroit area report they’re looking for a woman who’s charged with using the sauce to steal dough, but not the kind that would go well with a draught of pale ale.   According to authorities, Ophelia A. Neal told bank…

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Say what? Your grandmother wears army boots & access to justice

By JohnnyZ on April 18, 2013//Leave a comment

I love that NPR show A Way With Words.  I have been listening to it since the original hosts Richard Lederer and Charles Harrington Elster were zinging callers and each other about slang, grammar, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, and speaking and writing well. Listening to all that intelligence gives me goose…

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#1 Tips for Funding Justice!

By JohnnyZ on April 15, 2013//Leave a comment

Tip #67: Get humble and acknowledge we need help.   Being part of the legal community, the Law Library knows that the Courts are hurting for money — and now that staff have been let go in record numbers, the Courts are even more overwhelmed with long delays and backlogs. Judge Trentacosta told us all…

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On Tap! Straaaaange cases: A Chocolate Mess

By JohnnyZ on April 12, 2013//Leave a comment

It is Friday and time once again for another episode of Straaaaange cases! German police report that fives tons of the hazelnut flavored chocolate cream Nutella have been stolen! Operation Sticky Mess is looking for a gang of thieves who may or may not be overweight but nonetheless are likely prone to diabetes.   Any…

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On Tap! Hints on Keeping Courts Funded (Lesson #1)

By JohnnyZ on April 10, 2013//Leave a comment

Lesson 1: Realize that some legislators do not consider the courts a coequal third branch. This recommendation may be difficult to adopt because courts are indeed a coequal third branch.   Everything changes, however, when money is on the table.   Some legislators believe that because courts are funded by taxpayer dollars, court funding must…

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Straaaaaange cases: Strip club pays millions over monster truck death

By JohnnyZ on April 05, 2013//Leave a comment

It’s Friday and time for another edition of Straaaaange cases:   In today’s news, a Dallas jury has awarded $10.5 million to the family of a woman who was fatally run over by a monster truck in a strip club parking lot.  Eric Crutchfield ran over Kasey McKenzie, 23, in March 2011 as he was…

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On Tap! Cannabilism is NOT the answer! How law schools & public law libraries can help each other survive

By JohnnyZ on April 03, 2013//Leave a comment

In Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal he suggested that the starving Irish should save themselves from famine by eating their own babies.  The point is still valid and very real: in times of crisis, turning on each other is tempting, but unwise.  No better example of our Swiftian nature is watching job-seeking law grads sue…

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On Tap! Cesar Chavez Changed Our World

By JohnnyZ on March 29, 2013//Leave a comment

What does Cesar Chavez Day mean to you? In the 31 years Cesar Chavez led the United Farm Workers of America, the UFW achieved unprecedented gains for farm workers. Among them were:        ♦ The first genuine collective bargaining agreements    ♦ The first union contracts requiring rest periods, toilets in the fields,…

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Straaaange cases – let’s put prisoners to work, in fire stations!

By JohnnyZ on March 29, 2013//Leave a comment

According to an Associated Press story, officials in Georgia are considering saving money by putting prisoners in fire stations. According to the story, the inmates would respond to all emergencies, including residential fires, alongside “traditional” firefighters. I guess “traditional” in this sense means men and women who haven’t been convicted of a felony. The story…

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